A Dictionary of Irish Biography

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Roberts Rinehart, 1998 - History - 462 pages
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Dictionary of Irish Biography is an essential reference book that contains brief biographies of 1,700 people, & is the only one-volume A-Z that summarizes the lives & achievements of Ireland's most distinguished people from 400 A.D. to the present. The list of subjects includes hundreds of figures of literary, cultural, political, & sociological note, from Eamon deValera to pirate queen Grace O'Malley (Granuaile); from St. Patrick to Mary Robinson; from Samuel Beckett to Liam Neeson. Alongside the major Irish personalities are curious entries such as Francis Beaufort, the hydrographer after whom the Beaufort Scale for measuring wind velocity was named; Patrick Bronte, clergyman father of the novelists; & Marie-Louise O'Murphi, mistress of Louis XV of France.

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This is the third of what now looks to be a once-per-decade revision of a useful reference tool. The first edition appeared in 1978, 100 years after Alfred Webb's A Compendium of Irish Biography (1878 ... Read full review

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